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Boat Birds
Mon May 19 14:55:01 EDT 2008, 47 0.0'N:008 47.00'W

We had a couple of small birds (swallows?) come aboard while we were 100 miles offshore. They didn't seem like seabirds, and seemed to come aboard to get out of the wind. They made themselves quite at home.

Sun Jun 29 16:20:53 EDT 2008 | kris
oh, these are swallows. They migrate around this time[may] to North, maybe they got carried away by the wind and your boat was their life saver. Are they still on board?

It's fun reading your post and seeing pictures of everyone.
Sat Mar 19 13:45:08 EDT 2011 | Rhonda
It's a barn swallow
Did you ever have a bat hitch a ride?
Sat Mar 19 20:49:16 EDT 2011 | Richard Hudson
Ahhh, barn swallows. Thanks for the identification, Kris and Rhonda. Kris, my apologies, I did not see your comment when you made it three years ago :) (sometimes comment notifications dont make it to me when I'm at sea).

Have never had a bat hitch a ride. Some type of seabird made a nest inside the boom when I was in Argentina for a few months. It seemed that a chick or chicks were still in the nest when I sailed away. Until I shined a flashlight into the boom, I didn't understand what the occasional noise was. The chick or chicks flew off one night, I never saw them again (hopefully they were ok, I was fairly close to land when they left).

There was a sad ending to the tale of the barn swallows. We did not know what to feed them, so left bread crumbs, apple pieces and water for them, but they never appeared to eat anything, and one died several hours after the other. We said a few words to commend their bravery for being 100 miles offshore, then buried them at
Mon May 19 0:00:00 EDT 2008, Rio De Vigo, Spain

Note the rowboat that is just leaving the lighthouse after landing someone there.

20 Miles from Cabo Finisterre
Richard and George
Sun May 18 10:46:41 EDT 2008, 43 10.0'N:009 31.00'W

Many more miles to Vigo. Lots of squalls today.

Position 43 10.0'N:009 31.00'W

~Richard and George

Tue May 20 16:23:41 EDT 2008 | Kris Parn
Oh, what a beautiful red schooner.
No Wind, But Dolphins
Thu May 15 17:42:02 EDT 2008, En Route to Azores, 47 24.0'N:008 47.00'W

Today: no wind, but dolphins.

Thu May 15 20:28:56 EDT 2008 | Hank
A good meteorologist would have suggested a route with better winds!
Fri May 16 3:56:06 EDT 2008 | Yann Sergent
sorry for the wind, did you try the other windvane?
Yann and Patricia
Wed May 14 18:00:00 EDT 2008, 48 0.2'N:009 2.2'W

A nice sunset, after several days of rain. Ship crossing ahead.

Bird At the Helm
Wed May 14 16:00:00 EDT 2008, 47 59.9'N:008 43.2'W

One of the adventurous birds that flew so far to sea, and found our boat.

Sat May 31 23:30:07 EDT 2008 | Brittany
So the 4th crew member showed up after all. No doubt he's very skilled at determining wind direction. :) This picture is hilarious!
Sun Jul 13 6:37:25 EDT 2008 | Sylwia
Current Location
Tue May 13 17:49:26 EDT 2008, En Route to Azores, 48 12.8'N:008 04.1'W

Second+ day en route to Azores. In spite of very light winds, all is well.

Tue May 13 21:27:14 EDT 2008 | eric
Thanks for this site and keeping us in the loop. If I can help let me know - sitting around twiddling thumbs at the monent. Good luck guys! Eric
Wed May 14 5:41:46 EDT 2008 | Laura Culic
Ahoy Richard!
Issuma is beautiful!!

Happy Sailing!
Plane checking us out
Tue May 13 1:55:02 EDT 2008, 48 34.9'N:005 17.2'W

Not sure who is flying the plane, they just came close for a look, and George got a picture.

We are west of France, sailing in light winds and seas.

Wind Vane Taking a Rest
Mon May 12 11:07:34 EDT 2008, Departing L'Aber Wrac'h

Downwind is tough for the wind vane (wind regulator, in French) so we hand-steer, SOG: 5kts.

Working with the Fisherman
Mon May 12 10:53:03 EDT 2008, Departing L'Aber Wrac'h

First time setting fisherman this way (without old roller furling rig).

Light winds are expected for the rest of week, so it will probably take longer than two weeks to get to the Azores.

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